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Istanbul targets medical sector

Turkish city secures 47 congresses in 2016, with 40 per cent of delegates expected to be medical-related

Istanbul is hoping to attract more medical congresses

Istanbul is working to increase the number of medical congresses coming to the city, as it revealed almost half of all delegates visiting this year were attending medical-related meetings.

A total of 47 congresses are confirmed for 2016, estimating about 40 per cent of delegates will be part of medical congresses, but says the number will be "much higher" in the coming months.

The city's convention bureau calculates that 45 per cent of delegates visiting Istanbul this year were attending medical congresses such as the Association for the Study of the Liver (4,000 delegates) and European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (also 4,000 delegates).

Istanbul Convention Bureau general manager Ozgul Ozkan Yavuz said: "We are pleased with the quantity and quality of the medical congresses that we held and will be hosting.

"At Istanbul CVB, we are aiming to have stronger collaborations with local medical associations and strengthen our position by hosting even more medical congresses in our city."

Other major medical congresses to have signed deals to come to Istanbul include the European Society of Cardiology, WFNS World Congress of Neurosurgery and World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery.

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